Speed-daters are people who, for whatever reason, have decided they want to walk into the actual showroom.

They want to see the "merchandise," but they still like the idea of choice.

Woman Number Four sidles over to me, waving a ringing phone.“It’s a man! Maybe this stranger just has more potential, simply because he's a photograph, than, for example, Man Number Four sitting in front of her, with his almost empty pint of beer and pinkish stubble.* * *With the industry’s change in speed has come a change in depth.

Using a dating app is an inherently shallow process, like shopping through a catalog of faces.

“So just put down whatever you need to keep track.”He turns his scorecard to me. ”The scorecard is blank, apart from the word CHASER–slang for “clingy”—printed angrily next to Number 7.* * *Perhaps surprisingly, the speed-dating demographic also includes a number of people in their 20s.

In my experience, events for the 21-to-31 age category are some of the busiest and most successful.

I cover two venues in southeast England for one of the largest dating companies in the country.

Speed-dating has become ironic; it’s actually one of the slowest forms of dating around.

Man Number One has what some in the dating world might call “baggage.”For him, speed-dating has a practical benefit: It gives potentials the chance to sit with him for three minutes and get to know him, but also to assess the weight of that baggage and whether they think they can manage it.

According to a article titled "Tinder: The Shallowest App Ever?

The other day I had a trio of men all under 25 tell me they had found their latest girlfriends at a recent event.